How to get the difference of two string arrays?

I want to get the exact difference between two string arrays.

const array1 = ['T','E','A','P','A','P','E','R'];
const array2 = ['T','A','P'];

Expected Output Array:

['E','A','P','E','R']

I have tried this method:

const output = array1.filter(char => array2.includes(char));

But that removes all instances of a character, like:

['E','E','R']

I'm a newbie, so could you guide me to the right direction?

Answers:

Answer

You could take a closure over the index for the second array and increment the index and remove this item from the result set.

var array1 = ['T', 'E', 'A', 'P', 'A', 'P', 'E', 'R'],
    array2 = ['T', 'A', 'P'],
    result = array1.filter((i => v => array2[i] !== v || !++i)(0));

console.log(result);

A different approach without a predefined order of array2.

var array1 = ['T', 'E', 'A', 'P', 'A', 'P', 'E', 'R'],
    array2 = ['T', 'A', 'P'],
    set2 = new Set(array2)
    result = array1.filter(v => !set2.delete(v));

console.log(result);

Answer

You could remove elements from allowed based on the input array:

 const allowed = ['T','E','A','P','A','P','E','R'];
 const input = ['T','A','P'];

 for(const char of input) {
   const pos = allowed.indexOf(char);
   if(pos === -1) {
     // char doesnt exist?
   } else {
     allowed.splice(pos, 1);
   }
 }

Then allowed will be your expected result at the end.

Answer

I think filter is not correct apparoch here. Because there are some elements repeadted. Use a simple for-loop. And remove the elements when you add it to result.

const array1 = ['T','E','A','P','A','P','E','R'];
const array2 = ['T','A','P'];
const copy = [...array2];

let res = [];
for(let i = 0;i<array1.length;i++){
  let index = copy.indexOf(array1[i]);
  if(index === -1){
    res.push(array1[i]);
  }
  else copy.splice(index,1);
  

}
console.log(res)

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